Archive | July 31, 2015

Preventing Your Dog From Jumping On People At The Kennel

If you’re a new dog owner, you want your dog to know you love them and are going to care for them. However, along with love comes discipline. If you need to use a boarding facility, some discipline is required to train your furry friend the boundaries of what they can do and can’t do. For example, if your dog likes to jump on people when they go to the kennel, or on you when you pick them up, try these steps at home to train him or her to stop. Step 1: Tell Your Dog to Sit If your dog is jumping up on you, or anyone else, command it to sit. Don’t to acknowledge the dog until he or she is sitting with all four paws on the floor. Keep giving it the command to sit until the dog obeys you. Once this happens, acknowledge them with a loving pat on the head. This teaches the dog the best way to get attention is to remain seated on the ground. Step 2: Keep Your Homecoming Low-Key One of the biggest reasons dogs jump on people is sheer excitement. Raising the pitch or volume of your voice as you excitedly greet your dog only makes it even more excited and prone to jumping. Teach your dog to refrain from jumping by keep your greeting low-key when you come home and when you pick them up from the boarding facility, like ones at veteranirain hospitals like The Pets Place Animal Hospital. Controlling your excitement will teach the dog to control its excitement as well. Of course you are probably just as happy to see your dog and he or she is to see you. So, as difficult as it might be, come into the house, put anything you’re bringing with you away, and then take the dog outside. Once they have done their business, greet them and play. It might be hard to put business before enjoying the kisses, hugs and overall excitement from your dog when you get home, but if you want your dog to stop jumping on people at the kennel, it is important to do so. The more they see someone you coming through the door, or visiting the kennel as a normal occurrence, the less excited they’ll be. Step 3: Reward With Treats Sparingly Another reason dogs jump is they’re trying to snag a treat […]

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How To Get A Nervous Dog Used To Having Its Nails Clipped

Does your dog become scared or anxious when you try to clip its nails? This is a common issue in dogs who have been in abusive homes in the past, or in those whose claws were allowed to become badly overgrown before being clipped. Luckily, nail clipping does not have to remain an uncomfortable challenge for your dog forever. Follow these tips to get your dog used to having its nails clipped. Step 1: Playing with the paws. About one week before you actually plan on clipping your dog’s nails, start playing with its paws. Pick the paw up in your hand, press on various areas, and rub between the toes. While you’re doing this, talk to your dog in a soothing tone. Make sure you handle all four paws, and give your dog a treat when you’re finished. Repeat this exercise twice per day for one week. Step 2: Introducing the nail clippers. About three days before you plan on actually cutting your dog’s nails, introduce your pet to the nail clippers. You can do this right after your paw playing session. Take the clippers, and let your dog smell them. Rub them all over your dog’s body and paws to get it used to the idea of the clippers. You should notice that, by the third day you do this, your dog becomes less nervous around the clippers. Step 3: Clipping one nail. When the day to start clipping arrives, do your normal paw playing routine, and rub the clippers all over your dog’ body. Then, when the dog appears relaxed and comfortable,  take one paw gently in your hand, and clip one nail. Immediately afterwards, give your dog plenty of praise and a treat. Even if your dog does not appear nervous, only clip that one nail today. Step 4: Clipping the remaining nails. The next day, repeat your normal paw playing routine, and then clip a couple of more nails. Some dogs will be completely over the nervousness at this point and will now let you clip all of their nails without struggle. Others will still be a bit nervous, so you’ll want to clip just a couple more nails and come back again tomorrow (and maybe the next day) to slowly clip a few more. Again, give your dog praise and treats afterwards. By following the steps above, you slowly ease your dog into the […]

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4 Tips To Help Your Dog Handle A Long-Distance Moving Day

If you are planning on moving long-distance soon, make sure that you don’t forget to make a moving plan for your dog. Here are four tips to help make moving day less stressful on your dog: Tip #1: Arrange For Your Dog To Be Somewhere Else When The Movers Are Working Try to schedule a couple of days for your move. On the day that the movers will be coming to your house, see if a family friend can watch your dog. Or, if you have a local dog boarding business such as Daily Wag that you use when you go on long trips, see if your dog can stay there during moving day. Having so many strange people in and out of their house can be stressful on your dog. Your dog could also get in the way when people are trying to move boxes and furniture out of your house. Additionally, if you keep your dog at home on moving day, you’ll need to schedule in time to take care of your dog’s needs on top of everything else you have to keep track of. Getting your dog out of the house while the movers are present will reduce the stress of moving on both your dog and yourself. Tip #2: Pack Dog Road Trip Supplies After the movers have finished with your house, go and pick your dog up. Make sure that your car is equipped with all the supplies you need for a road trip with your dog. You will want to pack up these supplies before the day of your move. You will need some of the following items: Water Bowl Food Bowl Dog Food Leash Dog Carrier Dog Blanket Or Bedding At Least One Dog Toy Tip #3: Plan Dog Friendly Stops In Advance Make sure you also check out the map and decide before you start the drive to your new home where you can stop and let your dog out for a break. If you have a puppy who is not potty trained, you’ll want to make stops every hour. If you have an older dog that is potty trained and is used to being in your vehicle, you can stop every couple of hours instead. When you stop, make sure that you take your dog for a walk so they can stretch out and go to the bathroom. You should also provide […]

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